Carrie, Chris and Keith steal the show at the Country Music Awards

2017 CMA Awards Red Carpet Fashion

"I didn't expect this one", Stapleton told the audience as he accepted his Song of the Year award from presenters Lady Antebellum.

Chris Stapleton, seen at left performing with Maren Morris, was the night's biggest victor. Seriously, Carrie give me a little baby hint.

'I wish my dad was alive to see this, ' Keith said during his heartfelt speech.

He was referring to the 12 people who were killed at a Southern California country music bar last week, who were also honoured at the top of the show when Garth Brooks held a moment of silence as the names of the victims were displayed on the screen.

Keith took to the stage twice over the course of the night, starting with a performance with recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Ricky Skaggs, 64.

"Thank you God. I have been blessed with so much in my life", she said.


"Tonight let's celebrate their lives".

We are so thankful the Country Music Association had a change of heart and allowed Brooks to perform the song during the award show. "God bless country music".

Carrie was joined onstage by co-host Brad Paisley, who joked, "Remember last time, when I accidentally revealed the gender of your baby?"

She kept the positive and uplifting theme of the show going when she gave a rousing performance of her song "Love Wins". "I know that you root for everybody, you're glad that everybody's there, you're glad your friends are nominated for things, but I just try to think who's killing it, who's crushing it this year".

Other winners on Wednesday included Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, Thomas Rhett, and best new artist Luke Combs.

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